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Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

25,842 9,859 13,397 370 8,714 142,958
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 3,588 21.51
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 5,125 30.72
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 3,577 21.44
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 3,408 20.43
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 13,290 79.67
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,688 10.12
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,185 7.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 830 4.98
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 1,075 6.44
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 533 3.20
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 435 2.61
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,228 7.36
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,974 11.83
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 446 2.67
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,024 6.14
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 240 1.44
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 399 2.39
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 198 1.19
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 422 2.53
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 280 1.68
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 745 4.47
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,356 8.13
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 119 0.71
Jewish Other Judaism 2 525 3.15
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 734 4.40
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 368 2.21
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 147 0.88
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 78 0.47
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 140 0.84
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 462 2.77
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 1,025 6.14
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 56 0.34
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 266 1.59
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 87 0.52
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.16
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 267 1.60
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 2.40
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.26
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.73
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 193 1.16
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 131 0.79
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 298 1.79
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 275 1.65
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 20 0.12
Totals: 145 48,995  

The population of the Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 166,814 in 2000; in 1990 it was 127,780. The total population changed 30.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (48,995) included 29.4% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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